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Technology transfer and Research

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        R E S O U R C E S

               Inventors

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     FAQ's                                                   

      INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY BASICS  

     
INVENTORSHIP AND OWNERSHIP

     PUBLIC DISCLOSURE

    TECHNOLOGY TRANSFER
          & RESEARCH

      PATENTS AND PATENDING 

     LICENSING INVENTIONS &
       EXTERNAL BUSINESS
       ACTIVITIES
  

     CONFIDENTIALITY, 
       MATERIALS TRANSFER
       & OTHER AGREEMENTS

        
       
Technology Transfer and Research

  

How can OTT further my research?
 
OTT facilitates development of embryonic research by fostering collaborations with government organizations, industry, and private investors. New funds generated from these collaborations support education and can supplement federally sponsored research within the institution.

How are inventions handled when they result from federally sponsored research?

Under the Bayh-Dole Act, universities are allowed to retain ownership of federally sponsored inventions, provided the institution complies with certain federal requirements, such as annual reporting, substantial manufacture of in the U.S., sharing of income with inventors, and provision of a royalty-free license for government use of the invention. Inventions resulting from the use of federally sponsored research should be disclosed to OTT.

How are inventions handled when they result from privately sponsored research?

Research agreements with corporations often, but not always, contain two general conditions related to intellectual property. First, neither party may make a claim to any pre-existing intellectual property of the other party. Second, the industry partner is granted a first right of refusal to license any new inventions, under commercially reasonable terms.

Will obtaining a patent stop others from doing academic research?

Research for strictly academic purposes is typically encouraged by patent holders. However, patent holders do have the right to restrict the use of their patentable invention by others, even for research purposes. When in doubt, seek permission to use a patented product for your research. Most companies readily agree to share their materials with the research community under terms of a Material Transfer Agreements (MTA).

Will I be able to share materials, research tools, or other intellectual property with others to further their research?

Support of the research culture is important but first carefully document conditions of shared use under terms of a Materials Transfer Agreement (MTA).

Will obtaining a patent stop others from doing academic research?

Research for strictly academic purposes is typically encouraged by patent holders. However, patent holders do have the right to restrict use    of their invention without permission. When in doubt, seek permission to use a patented product for your research. Most companies readily agree to share their materials with the research community under terms of a Materials Transfer Agreements (MTA).

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